These paintings were inspired by different animals that I observed in nature over the last couple years. I chose to focus on composition and color schemes when I made these. While painting, I try to give the animal a sense of life so the image will evoke an emotional response. As I have painted more, I have striven less for photographic realism and opted more for painting in a way that expresses the figure I am depicting.
Each individual creature has a certain character that I hope to express. The different gestures that animals make and the harmonies and relationships that can be found with color excite me. In these works, I explore these while beginning to focus less on fine detail and allowing the paint to say more. As I continue my artistic journey, I plan to continue to learn more about color and composition and to begin using more interesting paint application and textural techniques to add even more life to these animals. I’m excited to see what paint and color can teach me in the years ahead.
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